Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chargers Split Series with Merced

Derr pitches brilliantly out of the pen to lift Cypress to a win over Merced on Saturday.
Cypress, Calif. - Stephen Derr pitches 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to help Cypress College (5-1) earn a series split with Merced College (4-1) over the weekend.

Dylan Moore continued his hot hitting with a 3 for 5 day at the plate and one run scored. Charger catcher Cody Webster knocked in a pair of runs and scored once, Jacob MacWilliam, Jake Clark, Robert Chavarria and Brad Hartong chipped in with an RBI each.

After leading through three innnings, Cypress starter Daniel Poncedeleon (1-1) allowed a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning, and two more in the fifth. 

Cypress regained the lead in the bottom of the third when MacWilliam scored on a Merced fielding miscue to give Cypress a 3-2 advantage. The Blue Devils put two more runs on the board in their half of the fifth when Ricky Diaz singled through the left side to drive in Kirk Rocha and Grant Silva with go-ahead runs that put Merced out in front 4-3.

Cypress College skipper Scott Pickler brought in Stephen Derr (1-0) to shut down the Blue Devils the rest of the way. Derr fanned five, while only allowing two hits in 4.1 innings of shutout relief.

The Chargers would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by MacWilliam that brought Moore home from second, another in the sixth when Anthony Razo scored the eventual game winning run, and a big insurance run in the seventh courtesy of sophomore Brad Hartong's triple to the gap in left center that brought Jonathen Torres all the way around from first base to put Cypress ahead 6-4.

The Chargers would hold on to that lead, and earn a 6-4 non-conference victory over Merced College to split the two game series.

Merced hands Cypress its First Loss

Mike Marcoux's phenomonal day at the plate (3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 Run), wasn't enough to overcome a 5-0 hole the Chargers dug in the first four innings of play. Torres and Razo each had a pair of hits for Cypress against the Blue Devils. Marcoux, Dylan Fitzgerald, Torres, MacWilliam and Razo acounted for the Chargers five runs scored in the game. Fitzgerald, Torres and Robert Chavarria accounted for Cypress' RBI's in the game.

On the hill, Cypress used six pitchers that combined for a total of eight strikeouts. Cypress's Alon Leichman saw his first action of the year when Pickler brought him in to throw a scoreless ninth inning.

Cypress gets back on the field again at 2 p.m. on Tuesday when they host College of the Desert. The Chargers earned an 11-2 victory over COD in the Desert at the beginning of the month.

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